It’s not too late to nominate a farmer, rancher or forester for the 2018 Utah Leopold Conservation Award®  which earns $10,000. 

“Our family has enjoyed being part of the conservation community for years. As landowners, we take our responsibility to protect the land, water and wildlife seriously,” said Fred Thurston, a rancher from Morgan County and the 2017 award recipient. “There are many others that deserve to be recognized, too can be recognized for the great things happening in Utah agriculture,” Thurston said. 

Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at

“The wise use of our resources and care for the land are always on the mind for Utah’s farmers and ranchers,” said Ron Gibson, president of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. “I’m proud of the great efforts of Utah’s farmers and ranchers to take care of the land. I look forward to recognizing them for what they’ve been doing, and will continue to do, with this prestigious award.”   

Applications must be postmarked by August 1, 2018 and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award, c/o Utah Farm Bureau Federation, 9865 S. State Street, Sandy UT 84070. 

The Leopold Conservation Award Program in Utah is made possible thanks to the generous support of Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Western AgCredit, Utah Cattlemen’s Association, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy, Utah Wool Growers Association, Producers Livestock Marketing Association, and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.